If your kids love planes, you’ve probably already ventured to the RAAF Museum at Point Cook. If not, you’re in for some very excited kiddies! There are heaps of amazing restored aircraft, including a Tiger Moth, a Supermarine Walrus, a dangerous-looking Vampire, and a huge Douglas Boston, as well as a Bloodhound surface-to-air missile. You can walk up pretty close to these amazing aircraft, and some hangars are so impressive, they give you the impression of stepping into a Bond film
The gallery space has some fascinating artefacts from World Wars I and II, including flight suits, ration coupons, and real Japanese bomb shrapnel. Also, the manikins in the display cabinets are startlingly realistic; I found myself mesmerised and a little bit creeped out by their staring eyes, stubbled chins, and realistic facial expressions!
Visit on a Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday at 1pm,and see one of the heritage aircraft in flight. Kids and adults alike can learn about the process in close-up detail.
RAAF Base Williams, Point Cook Road, Point Cook
Tuesday to Friday: 10am–3pm
Weekends and Public Holidays: 10am–5pm
The Museum is closed on Mondays, Good Friday and Christmas Day.
Admission is free, with donations gratefully accepted. Note that photo identification is required for all visitors over the age of 16 to gain entry to the Base.